The title says it all. Thanks to the handy dandy Fourth Hokage and his Flying Thunder God Technique (whose mark apparently stays on permanently), Madara’s attempt to genuinely revive himself fail… just to give Obito the chance he needed to become the Jinchuriki himself. And suffice to say, I didn’t see that coming. I actually thought for a moment that Madara succeeded anyway, but nope, it’s definitely Obito running around in there.
Coming off from last chapter (where a lot of people felt like Obito went down a tad bit too easily), it now it makes a bit of sense, because it seems like Obito was plotting to get maimed in the first place to free himself from Madara’s control—all to become the Jinchuriki himself. And again, while it’s an interesting twist in its own way, I’m definitely feeling a bit mixed in terms of my reactions to this. On one hand, interesting twists are always welcome… and in this way, it’s intriguing that Obito might be even more powerful than Madara at this point (a nice demonstration of his own determination compared to everyone else)… but on the other hand, it feels somewhat “meh” because there was this whole set up here to get Madara into the fight, and it looks like that’s suddenly not likely to happen for a while. I guess it all comes down to the feeling that while the next few chapters could be pretty exciting if it’s done right, it’s also possible that the ball could be dropped so to speak—and it’d just feel like the twist was just something to stall the main fight longer.
Either way, I guess we’ll see how it goes.